HIV testing is available at the Wellness Resource Center through Philadelphia agencies on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1:30 pm during the school year, and 10-1:30 on Tuesdays over the summer. HIV tests are rapid and confidential.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is the virus that causes AIDS. There are an estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and 1 out of 7 are unaware of their status (CDC 2012). - In 2013, 85% of high school students reported that they had been taught about AIDS or HIV infection in school. However, there are still gaps in knowledge about HIV/AIDS. One-third of teens ages 12-17 do not know that HIV is an STI (CDC. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System: US, 2013. 2014.)
- At the end of 2010, an estimated 1,144,500 persons aged 13 and older were living with HIV infection in the United States, including 180,900 (15.8%) persons whose infections had not been diagnosed.
- Pennsylvania has the 9th highest rate of HIV diagnoses in 2012
- In 2011, an estimated 49,081 people in the United States were diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. About 1 in 6 people with HIV in the United States do not know that they are infected.
-HIV is transmitted from person to person and risk of transmission is increased when an individual engaged in high risk sexual behaviors included unprotected vaginal, anal and or oral sex. Risk is reduced when individuals get tested and know their HIV status, engage in protected sex in a mutually monogamous relationship. Testing and counseling are available at the Wellness Resource Center on a walk-in basis for free.
STDs can be prevented through protection such as condoms and dental dams. Testing is made available to members of the Temple community at Wellness Resource Center and Student Health Services. Find more information on contraception and birth control at http://bedsider.org/methods.
Barrier protection methods are available at Wellness Resource Center. Other forms of contraception and birth control are available at Student Health Services for all Temple students.